Personnel includes: Gato Barbieri (tenor saxophone, guiro, percussion); Chico O'Farrill (conductor); Luther Waters, Oren Waters, Maxine Willard (vocals); Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker (trumpet, flugelhorn); Howard Johnson (flugelhorn, tuba, bass clarinet); Ray Alonge, Peter Gordon (French horn); Buddy Morrow (trombone); Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon); Osvaldo Bellingieri (piano); Richard Tee (keyboards); Ian Underwood, Don Grolnick (synthesizer); Carlos Santana, David Spinozza, Joe Beck, Eric Gale (guitar); Ron Carter (bass); Billy Cobham, Grady Tate, Lenny White (drums); Ray Mantilla, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Producers include: Ed Michel.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1973 and 1979. Includes liner notes by Carl Woideck.
Digitally remastered by Jeff Willens (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of Verve's Finest Hour series.
Personnel: Luther Waters, Julia Tillman, Lani Hall, Maxine Willard Waters, Oren Waters (vocals); David Spinozza, Eric Gale , Melvin Watson, Greg Poree, Helio Delmiro, Joe Caro (guitar); Paul Metzke (electric guitar); Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon); David Tofani, Phil Bodner, Harvey Estrin (woodwinds); Bob McCoy, Jon Faddis, Alan Rubin, Lew Soloff, Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker, Victor Paz (trumpet, flugelhorn); Michael Lawrence , James Bossy, John Frosk (trumpet); Tom "Bones" Malone, James Buffington, John Gale, Ray Alonge (French horn); Earl McIntyre, Wayne Andre, Paul Faulise, Buddy Morrow (trombone); Alan Raph (bass trombone); Eddie Martinez (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Ian Underwood (synthesizer); Jim Hughart, Adalberto Cevasco (electric bass); Grady Tate, Lenny White, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Billy Cobham (drums); Mayuto Correa (congas, triangle); Bill Summers (congas, percussion); Armando Peraza (bongos); Ralph MacDonald, Jimmy Maelen, Angel "Cachete" Maldonado (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Carl Woideck.
Recording information: Beverly Hills, CA (04/23/1973-??/??/1979); Bottom Line, New York, NY (04/23/1973-??/??/1979); Generation Sound Studios, New York, NY (04/23/1973-??/??/1979); Hollywood, CA (04/23/1973-??/??/1979); Music Hall, Buenos Aires, Argentina (04/23/1973-??/??/1979); New York, NY (04/23/1973-??/??/1979); Odeon Studios, Reo De Janeiro (04/23/1973-??/??/1979); San Francisco, CA (04/23/1973-??/??/1979); Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA (04/23/1973-??/??/1979).
Editor: Peter Keepnews.
Arranger: Chico O'Farrill.
A ten-track sampling of the career of Latin jazz tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri, demonstrating his range from passionate South American melodies to his later easy listening jazz interpretations. Part of the Verve Finest Hour series, this well-presented album is a fine introduction to the artist at an affordable price. ~ Zac Johnson